Hospital unveils patient education channel
By JOHN LINDENBERGER, The North Platte Telegraph
NORTH PLATTE -Need some information about preventing flu, deep vein thrombosis or controlling hypertension? Just tune into “The Patient Channel” at Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
The new in-house patient education channel went on the air at the hospital on March 1. The program is available on any television set within the hospital, including patient rooms, lounges and waiting areas.
Produced by General Electric and NBC, “The Patient Channel” provides information on a variety of health topics 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“It’s actually the brother to ‘The Newborn Channel,’ which we’ve had for a long time in women’s services,” said Pat Richards, patient education coordinator for GPRMC.
Richards said “The Patient Channel” is specifically designed for patient education. Programs are repeated at least three times each day as well as throughout the week.
“The Patient Channel” features more then 40 educational programs. Closed captioning in available in Spanish and English for all programs.
Topics include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, asthma, smoking cessation, parenting and health/wellness.
Schedules in each patient room show when each program will air so patients can tune in for the show that is most important for their particular health situation.
Richards said ideally, it would be nice to have a DVD that they could play for a patient whenever needed. “The Patient Channel” provides the next best thing because they can tell patients exactly when a program will run.
“The Patient Channel is just one resource of many that we have,” Richards said.
He noted the hospital looks for any opportunity to provide information to patients, especially the right information. Although people can find lots of information on the Internet, some of that information is not always accurate.
“Deciphering the right information is important,” Richards said.